Sean Monplaisir – Pts: 19 (8-13FG), Reb: 4, Ast: 2, Stl: 1, Min: 27
Mukiya Post – Pts: 13 (3-5 3FG), Reb: 2, Ast: 1, Stl: 2, Min: 16
Adam Bering – Pts: 17 (7-9 FT), Reb: 4, Ast: 0, Blk: 1, Min: 26
OTTAWA,ON- Both teams looked to avenge a loss on opening night of the House-Laughton tournament in Ottawa, but it was Bishop’s that was able to stifle a Guelph comeback and come away with the 97-81 win.
Bishop’s appeared organized and focused in warmups to start the game, practicing spacing, on-ball defense and vocalizing to their teammates rather than just layup lines like the other teams at the tournament have been doing.
After Guelph started strong with a 5-0 lead, the Gaiters regained the lead, led by Sean Monplaisir and Onnex Blackwood. Both teams looked to push the tempo early and this resulted in some shots early in the shot clock, and some exciting action.
After Guelph’s Dan McCarthy tied the game at 13, Bishop’s Adam Spurrell hit a fall-away shot from behind the basket while he was on his way out of bounds. Guelph managed to keep the score tied at 21, headed into the second quarter thanks to some solid post play by Andrew Beatty.
In the second quarter Bishop’s outscored Guelph 28-10 and took a permanent lead. They played their game and came away with their first win of the tournament.
Bishop’s forward Tim Hunter explained to NPH; “Carleton’s the best team in the country, and that was yesterday, but we just came out here tonight and executed early and we ran and did what we needed to do.”
And the Gaiters did everything they needed in a full team effort to pull away with the win. Every player on Bishop’s scored in this game, in what was clearly a full team effort.
“It’s all about just getting ready for the regular season, just getting the new guys together with the team and improving as a whole” remarked Tim Hunter after the game, “That’s what the most important thing about this tournament is.”
For the Gryphons, Kareem Malcolm and Adam Bering kept plugging, but could not find the easy offensive opportunities they needed.
At the start of the second half Bishop’s opened a 20 point lead 53-33 with strong play from Sean Monplaisir, Tim Hunter, and Mike Andrews who made an easy flat-footed dunk.
Guelph made their comeback attempt at the end of the third quarter with three-pointers from Zack Angus and Jack Beatty. Guelph was within seven points, but Gaiters Sean Monplaisir hit a shot plus the foul and Jeremy Leonard-Smith nailed a three to maintain a 73-61 lead after three quarters.
Guelph’s Aron Campbell and Kareem Malcolm make it 73-66, but Adam Spurrell, Andrew Drisdale and Tim Hunter helped put this game away for the Bishop’s Gaiters with some steals and fast-break points.
These teams will finish the House-Laughton Tournament with Bishop’s playing Victoria at 2pm and Guelph playing the host Carleton at 4pm.